Laura Conway, inducted 2017
|Swimmer Laura Conway is the second youngest person ever chosen for induction into the Macon Sports Hall of Fame. Only Chris Hatcher, who went in to the Hall in 2001, was younger. Conway is the most decorated swimmer in Macon history. While still in high school at Central, where she was a three-time scholastic All-American, Conway qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 800-meter freestyle. She also qualified for the Spring Senior Nationals and Charlotte Ultra Swim, two of the biggest meets in swimming. In 2002, she won the 500-yard freestyle at the Georgia state USS meet and also claimed the top prize in the Charlotte Ultra Swim in the 800-meter freestyle. She earned a swimming scholarship to the University of Georgia and continued her success in Athens. She was a five-time All American for the Bulldogs. She won the SEC championship in the 500-yard freestyle and also took the top spot in that same event in the 2006 NCAA Division I national championships. Conway earned a place on the United States national team, the only Maconite to ever accomplish that feat. She had a second-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle at the U.S. nationals that qualified her for the U.S. Team at the World Championships in 2005. At that event held in Montreal, she had a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle. She qualified for the U.S. national team for the University Game in 2006 but made the decision to retire.|
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